Issue no 161

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DRC - INTERNET AND MOBILE TELECOMS GROWING RAPIDLY AS WAR SUBSIDES

The DRC is massive in every sense: it covers an enormous area and has a large population. Despite the continuing unresolved issues from the ending of the civil war, the internet and telecom sectors continue to show rapid growth. It has almost no incumbent telco to speak of and the rebel held areas lie beyond the reach of government regulation. This week Russell Southwood interviews Aubin Kashoba Kalasa of DRC ISP, Afrinet about who the main players are and how people operate in different parts of this vast country. How did ISPA - DRC start? We wanted to create a…

Telecoms

ANGOLAN GOVT SETS UP COMMISSION TO PRIVATISE ANGOLA-TELECOM

The Angolan government has recently set up a Commission to oversee the part-privatisaion of Angola-Telecom. According to Diário da República, the decision came from the privitisation strategy approved by the…


Telecoms

NIGER STATE GOVERNMOR KURE DISCONNECTS MINISTRIES FROM NITEL LINES

Worried by the high level of indebtedness to NITEL by the Niger State government, the state Governor, Engineer Abdulkadri Kure has ordered all state ministries to be disconnected from NITEL.…


Telecoms

ALCATEL AWARDED TWO MOBILE CONTRACTS FOR UT’S MOBILE NETWORK, MANGO

Uganda Telecom is a subsidiary of the Telecel Group. Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel will provide Uganda Telecom with its advanced infrastructure including its Evolium™ solution comprising base…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to Ernest Ndukwe, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), the country’s available telephone lines which rose to 2.2 million in 2002 from a…


Internet

MAURITIUS SET TO LICENCE OCTROI FOR INTERNET TELEPHONY

Everything is now ready for the licensing of Octroi as an internet telephony provider. Public testing will begin in July. The regulator ICTA has said that its wishes to licence…


Internet

SA’S GREENFIELD COFFEE SHOP LAUNCH FREE WIRELESS HOTSPOT IN PRETORIA

Greenfields Franchise Group, a coffee shop chain based in Tshwane, Pretoria, is the latest to offer its service "free" to customers (you have to order from its menu, of course),…


Internet

RAD’S ON-LINE UNIVERSITY ADDS IPV6 TUTORIAL

RAD University, the popular on-line computer networking and communications information source sponsored by RAD Data Communications, has now posted a new series of tutorial projects on Internet Protocol version 6…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Smart new buses fitted out with computers and a satellite dish are taking the internet into SA’s most rural regions. The pioneering scheme has so far seen three pilot…


Computing

EGYPTIAN NATIONAL POST ORGANISATION TO INVEST IN ICT TO REDUCE QUEUES

Within the next six months, citizens will experience new postal services," says Ali Meselhi, the newly appointed chairman of the Egyptian National Post Organisation (ENPO). It recently announced an LE360…


Computing

NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT APPROVES N2.6BN FREE SOFWARE PACT WITH MICROSOFT

Nigeria’s Federal Government has approved a N2.6 billion licensing agreement with US software maker, Microsoft Corporation, in a landmark step to curb software piracy in the Nigerian public sector. The…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The township of Etwatwa in South Africa is the site for the newest Intel computer clubhouse in the country. As one of the most disadvantaged townships in the region,…


digtool

"WHY FREE BEER DOESN’T SELL" - LINUX NOT AN EASY ANSWER FOR AFRICA

In a recent article for Linux Journal, Ethan Zuckerman of Geek Corps points out some uncomfortable truths for those promoting open source as the answer to developing countries’ software problems.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MINISTER SAYS PLANS TELKOM KENYA SALE BY MID-2005 AFTER RETURN TO PROFIT

The Kenyan Government said last Wednesday that it planned to complete the sale of state-owned monopoly Telkom Kenya by mid-2005 after restructuring the firm to catch the attention of strong…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- SA investment trust Eureka Industrial’s latest full-year results have been hit hard by a R13 million write-down of a loan to IT group MGX Holdings. - Small-cap South African technology…


Digital Content

SA ONLINE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION SEEKS METRICS TECHNOLOGY

The Online Publishers’ Association (OPA) has issued a request for proposals for a Web analytics/metrics infrastructure for its 16 members’ Web sites, writes Iain Scott of ItWeb.iAfrica.com MD JP Farinha,…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

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PEOPLE

* Emeka Okoye, Managing Director, OpenLink Software West Africa said at the opening of its new regional West African headquarters:"Our plan is to forge a strong Partnership with the Nigerian…


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